Computational models provide additional tools for studying the brain, however, many techniques are currently disconnected from each other. There is a need for new computational approaches that span the range of physics operating in the brain. In this review paper, we offer some new perspectives on how the embedded element method can fill this gap and has the potential to connect a myriad of modeling genre. The embedded element method is a mesh superposition technique used within finite element analysis. This method allows for the incorporation of axonal fiber tracts to be explicitly represented. Here, we explore the use of the approach beyond its original goal of predicting axonal strain in brain injury. We explore the potential application of the embedded element method in areas of electrophysiology, neurodegeneration, neuropharmacology and mechanobiology. We conclude that this method has the potential to provide us with an integrated computational framework that can assist in developing improved diagnostic tools and regeneration technologies.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Developmental Neuroscience